Read this series back in the day with you know what trilogy but to me this series is simply amazing. One of the best adventure tales I have ever read. I can't wait for the next book to get done. There are 25 books in the series, this could be a good long term series. I have been planning on collecting the books again but have only read up to about book 9. They are all great skipping the slave girl of gor.
I read this back in the early 90s, & I had fond memories. However, I've since read the Barsoom books (John Carter of Mars for those of you who don't know), & I realize that Norman stole liberally from Burroughs.
1. An intelligent, athletic man finds himself upon another world in our solar system where wars are fought with swords in the skies despite advanced technology.
2. He meets & falls for the most beautiful woman in the world who happens to be the princess of a mighty city-state.
3. Medical technology allows people to live much longer than on Earth.
4. Mysterious gods pull the strings in the background. (Barsoom calls them Therns, & Gor calls them Priest Kings.)
I could go on, but...
A major difference is that the characters in this book spend a lot more time boasting of their exploits than in Burroughs' book. The major role of slavery on Gor is the defining trait in later books. I remember that they almost read like sci-fi version of "Fifty Shades of Gray."
The performance wasn't 1/2 bad. You're only as good as your material. I wouldn't mind hearing him read something better. I might be great.
Go back & read the original Burroughs.
I recommend you read the old Barsoom books instead. Burroughs style may be old & a bit cliche at times by today's standards, but they hold up better than these books that were written after Burroughs' death.
I've heard that Norman is still writing Gor books, & that the series has over 20 books. If memory serves, they get steadily worse more repetitive the further that you read.
This is not a series for anyone who is easily embarased. You don't see it in this book, but it will come later. Women are treated worse on Gor than in just about any sci-fi/fantasy book that I've ever read, & I've been a fan of the genre since I was a kid in the early 80s. I'm embarased that I ever read these books. I won't be going any further.
I think of this as Narnia for adults without the religious undertones.
A) the creativity of the planet and people and creatures is really impressive
B) the story line keeps you guessing
The not so good
A) the narrator was hard to under stand at times...I do listen at 1.5 and have never had a problem before
B) because the story has so many new ideas the listener may find themselves rewinding to listen again, this is because most names are very unusual both of people and animals
Creative pulp fantasy. Old school. If you liked John Carter of Mars you'll like this. Narrator voices and inflections are all wrong. I was willing to put up with it, but it's a shame. Took a star.
music nut, history buff
The narrator did an all right job. There was plenty of swashbuckling action, especially in the last third of the book. Not much depth, though.
Knowing that the start of a series is often slow, I stuck it out and made it to the 3 hour mark. Things DID start to pick up after about the 2nd hour, but I found even the action scene descriptions to be somewhat tedious. The emotion added by the narrator (who did an excellent job) was the only redeeming factor. Perhaps it's unfair to submit a review of a book I didn't finish, but I'm fairly certain my opinion would remain unchanged had I finished listening.
I am a lover of fantasy novels with exciting action, complex plots, and unforgettable characters.
I have written several reviews for this website and most of them are fairly positive. Well unfortunately that is about to change. Before reading this book i had heard many mixed opinions about it and I came to the conclusion that it is a very controversial book and series. This controversy made me interested to give it a try and listen for myself. After finishing the book i kind of wish I hadn't. First, we have Normon's Characters, whitch as far as I am concerned are as flat as a board. I don't have to love my characters to get into a story, but they do have to be interesting. They were one dimensional and didn't seem to change at all in the story. The second problem was the plot. I agree with his double world idea and his transferring from one to the other is clever I admit. This is especially true because when he wrote this book it was a very original idea. However, without this concept the plot would be completely worthless. It is so straight forward and predictable it is sad. also, the author has a blunt way of writing, whitch lacks flare, whitch continued to destroy my image of the plot. Finally, i don't agree with his misagynistic views in this novel. It is his dicision to write his views into the novel or not, but it is mine to agree with them or not. The final straw to make this a bad book is the narrator. His narration is so boring and lack luster it made me struggle to finish the story altogether. I gave this book 3 stars because I understand that it is from the mid 1960s and fantasy as a genre was just starting out, but unless you like lack luster books with strange sexual views I wouldn't recommend it.
I picked this audio book up from a "daily deal" and I'm glad I didn't pay full price. I recognized the title from my youth, as it was a controversial book and quite popular back then, but I never got around to reading it. Perhaps if I had done so in my youth, I may have enjoyed it more.
With the benefit of age and experience, however, I can recognize it for what it is; a teen male fantasy. The writing is one dimensional, the situations staged, and the background of how all this came to be is woefully thin. The character is transported by aliens to a alternate earth where women a slinky slave things and, after immediately accepting his abduction, he becomes the best swordsman on the planet, saving sexy females along the way, and ultimately influences the fate of the world.
To top it off, the narrator, who I can see being better in a lest cartoonish role, destroyed the characters narratives. Every barbarian voice was done in the same angry and stilted voice, and delivered in an enhanced volume.
So, while I can recommend this to the adolescent crowd, avoid this if you are looking for something less blunt.